- Port Ellen 30 Year Old Platinum Selection
Douglas Laing Old & Rare Platinum Selection.
Single cask refill hogshead limited to 260 numbered bottles. Thirty year old Port Ellen distilled November 1979 and bottled August 2010 by Douglas Laing for the Old & Rare Platinum selection
Quite distinctly and interestingly citric on the nose – anticipate and detect also a bonfire ash style allied to homebaked scones. Palatewise the sweetness is carried over – then heads into soft summer tar, and dry soot with a drift of sweet smoke. Long on the finish – it is very camphor and (old fashioned) cough drop in style.
Port Ellen Distillery
Port Ellen Single Malt Whiskey
Port Ellen Distillery was established by Alexander K. Mackay on the southern coast of the Isle of Islay at Port Ellen in 1825. Port Ellen was a malt whisky distillery but closed in 1983 and whilst some of the distillery buildings remain Port Ellen drum maltings occupy part of the site. During the winter of 1823-24 James Fox tested his newly designed spirit safe at Port Ellen Distillery prior to its introduction in all Scottish licenced distilleries by 1825 in order to comply with enactment of the Excise Act of 1823. Thus Port Ellen Distillery was the first Scottish distillery to install a spirit safe and James Fox was paid £428 for his work. Official bottlings of Port Ellen single malt whisky include the Port Ellen Annual Release and independent release from Hunter Laing & Co. are highly prized.